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What We're Reading: Distinguished Teachers, Gifted Students, and More

posted Feb 12, 2016, 11:06 AM by Robin Dutton-Cookston   [ updated Feb 12, 2016, 11:07 AM ]
Lots of great articles being shared around the PPS-SF offices this week! 

From NPR
Erika Christakis' new book, The Importance of Being Little, is an impassioned plea for educators and parents to put down the worksheets and flash cards, ditch the tired craft projects (yes, you, Thanksgiving Handprint Turkey) and exotic vocabulary lessons, and double-down on one, simple word: Play. read more

From The Learning Policy Institute
An Analysis of Sources and Solutions. (Longer read.) read more 

From Education Dive
A new report from The Century Foundation, a progressive think-tank, shows that U.S. schools are increasingly integrating socioeconomically, stating that this is beneficial for the academic advancement of historically disenfranchised student populations. read more 

From Education Dive
Nationwide, students of color are dramatically underrepresented within gifted and talented education programs. Part of the reason why, some experts say, is because kids or color are less likely to be identified as gifted. According to the National Association for Gifted Children, between 6-10% of students are gifted and could use additional support in the classroom. That’s a total of 3 to 5 million children in grade K-12. read more 

From the SF Examiner
We know our teachers work hard every day, but did you know that each year dozens of teachers with the San Francisco Unified School District voluntarily put themselves through one of the most rigorous programs in the country — on top of teaching every day — to become even better at their craft read more